A fine biscuit porcelain and ormolu Louis XVI-style Three Graces clock  After a model by Étienne-Maurice Falconet, last quarter 19th century

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Lot 90
A fine biscuit porcelain and ormolu Louis XVI-style Three Graces clock
After a model by Étienne-Maurice Falconet, last quarter 19th century

Sold for US$ 7,500 inc. premium

The Art of Time

6 Dec 2018, 13:00 EST

New York

A fine biscuit porcelain and ormolu Louis XVI-style Three Graces clock
After a model by Étienne-Maurice Falconet, last quarter 19th century
The urn-form pendule a cercles tournants supported by a fluted column attended by the Graces indicating the time, the circular movement with platform right angle lever escapement, count wheel striking the hour and half hour on a bell.
Height 25 1/2in (65cm)

Footnotes

  • The original model by Falconet was executed in white marble about 1770. It was highly regarded in the late 19th Century while in the collection of the French Comte Isaac de Comondo, who had acquired it in the 1880's for £4,200. When he exhibited the clock at the Paris Exhibition of 1900, a contemporary review marveled that it "attracted so much admiration from the crowds gathered around that the pressure was sufficient at times to endanger its safety." It was also reported by The Art Journal that the Comte intended to donate it to the Louvre even though a wealthy "American" sought to buy it for the extraordinary sum of £120,000. The Comte declined the offer and thus it resides today in the Louvre.
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